Summer Additions?

7.3.11 (G.Lucas)

When Phish splashes into an open jam, the adventure is on, regardless of what song the jam stemmed from. But in 2011, a tighter rotation of regular jam vehicles caused a tad of predictability to ooze into shows. Though the music could obviously go any which way, we all knew when jams were coming based on song selection—except in of a handful of surprise instances. With such a wide array of untapped material this era, the diversification of jam vehicles could instantly bolster the excitement of summer tour. In no way longing for the past, I believe the following five jams could be reinvented as platforms into the future.


“A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing”

With only two improvisational versions in this era—Deer Creek ’09 and Super Ball IX—it’s a wonder Phish hasn’t further tapped the vast potential of this sinister jam. Like many great Phish jams, this one starts out with structured improv centered on a monster guitar solo, but once this sequence ends, the flood gates of possibilities open. Not prone to one style of playing or another, “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” could easily mold to whatever direction the band chooses this summer. At Super Ball, the band quickly integrated an ambient-storage style jam into the piece, and back at  SPAC ’04, they launched into a refined excursion in psych-rock. Thus, every time the opening of this song growls through the stacks, there is inherent mystery as to where it will go. Check out Super Ball’s version below.



“Halley’s Comet”

Nothing screams summer Phish like “Halley’s Comet” jams. Making its improvisational name for itself from 1997 onward, “Halley’s” is always a welcome addition to any show in summer months. And when the band used it to craft one 2011’s defining jams out of the piece in Bethel, many fans thought its improvisational prowess had finally been resurrected. But it wasn’t to be, as the song returned to its compact form after its New York state adventure. Though doubtful, it would be invigorating to hear “Halley’s” grooves grace the summer air once again in 2012. Here’s Bethel’s version.



“Scents and Subtle Sounds”

This song has been an enigma in this era after emerging as one of the band’s compelling vehicles the last time around. Played only three times in 3.0—primarily for bust-out purposes—Trey launched into a soaring and emotional solo in Denver that seemed to awaken the spirit of the song. If “Scents and Subtle Sounds” returns to regular rotation—whether used as an open or contained jam—a certain majesty will come right along with it, perfectly meshing with any summer evening. And if this ever does transpire, let’s hope the band brings the intro with it! The following is Super Ball’s version—with intro.



“AC/DC Bag”

“AC/DC Bag” turned a corner in 1997, with so many other songs, and became a legitimate platform for improv. Though never a guaranteed jam, for the next four years, the band took the song in countless directions, from UIC ‘98s drone/ambient psychedelia to Virginia Beach ‘98’s summer funk to Boise ‘99’s all-time spiritual excursion. The Gamehendge favorite hasn’t broken form in this era, which isn’t all that surprising, but if the band ever decided to toss a few “Bag” jams into the second set, things could get spicy quickly! Check out Virginia Beach ’98 below.



“Round Room”

Here’s a dark horse pick. Appearing only a handful of times in the post-hiatus era, the title track from Round Room could make an intriguing launch pad with the band members’ now-polished skill sets. Taken in layered, ambient directions back in ’03, this jam could benefit from the sound-sculpting acumen of Phish these days. I wonder, however, if “Round Room” is even still on their radar. Here’s the Gorge version from 2003.



What song’s would you like to be seen focused on this summer? Respond via Twitter with the hashtag #minertalk, or on the Facebook page! Or just post in comments below, but let’s hear what you think!

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800 Responses to “Summer Additions?”

  1. dorn76 Says:


  2. Mmm Hmm Says:

    -Halfway to the Moon- needs to be a 2nd set song. So much potential for this one for a dark jam! Maybe not a 14 minute affair but 8-10 minutes would be good time to explore this one a bit and end on a punch instead of a fizzle-out

    -Theme – FIRST Trey needs to learn the bridge. THEN the band needs to build this heavy jam with the layering and sonic sorcery it deserves.

    -Free- See “Theme” above. Yet another song that can pack such a heavy jam layered with snarling Trey riffs, loops, and a heavy bottom end from Mike

    Is this the summer for a Spock’s Brain??? If the Phish can revive quirky older tunes like Fuck Your Face and Destiny Unbound, I don’t think that Spock’s is out of the question…

  3. Robear Says:

    Roberto, at least you aren’t like the elitist hippies that have their actual wedding in Maui, and invite all their friends.

  4. Mmm Hmm Says:

    and of course a monster Mikes is long overdue…

  5. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    This summer needs to have more than a few Run and Hide jams.

    Jams where your friends want to leave because the music is scaring them with its demonic beauty.

    Jams that scare you because of their demonic beauty beckoning you to leap into the void.

    Face-melting jams are great, I like them too. I really dig the jams that scare, or erase the part of you that recalls anything other than that urge to leap into to void.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Pretty cool. Sirius is broadcasting wanee sets Sat.

    Mule — jam_on
    Furthur — dead channel
    ABB — deep tracks

  7. MiA Says:

    Bloomberg’s Stephanie Ruhle is amazing.

  8. angryjoggerz Says:

    I had my wedding in Maui and invited no one but my wife. I planned the whole thing and surprised her. We had a blast.

  9. roberto luongo Says:

    nothing says sexy like former credit derivative salesperson

  10. garretc Says:

    Oh word?!?

    Both Chelsea-Arsenal and the last Clasico (at least of the La Liga season) are on ESPN 3 this Saturday! Score!

  11. Robear Says:

    AJ, that’s classy my friend.

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    Charles Bradley is awesome

    Charles Bradley and Seun Kuti are the two best shows I’ve seen so far this year

    beating out Greensky (and greensky was hot)

  13. litteringand Says:

    Random question-
    I have read that Mike attended those Warfield 99 shows, but no mention of Fishman going. Anybody know if he also attended?

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    I don’t think I ever even heard about this.

    Thursday, 10/15/1998
    The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
    Set 1: Ghost -> Water in the Sky, Wolfman’s Brother, Gumbo, David Bowie, Brian and Robert, Reba[1] > Character Zero
    Set 2: My Soul > Chalk Dust Torture, Roggae, The Moma Dance, Wading in the Velvet Sea > Prince Caspian > Frankie Says, Birds of a Feather, Lawn Boy, Harry Hood[2]
    Encore: Dirt, Limb By Limb
    [1] No whistling.
    [2] Fanfare for the Common Man tease.
    Notes: This “under the radar” show was never formally announced by Phish. San Francisco radio station KFOG leaked word of an upcoming “surprise announcement” two weeks before the show, telling Phish fans to tune in on Saturday morning for details. The 11:00 a.m. announcement was that tickets would be sold at noon the vacant Pier 32, prompting a mad rush of fans to the waterfront. Of the several thousand who arrived, roughly four hundred lucky people were able to buy vouchers entitling them to a pair of tickets. Brian and Robert was performed with a yellow spotlight on Fishman after Trey mentioned how much he hates the yellow lights. Page responded with a short tease of HYHU, also hated by Fishman. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Hood contained a tease of Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. After the show, some fans were given a poster (later for sale from Phish Dry Goods) and a bumper sticker (saying: “We’ve just come from Phish at the Fillmore. It was nice.”).

  15. Multibeast Says:

    Not sure if it was mentioned but I would love to hear After Midnight get the treatment, a la the Big Cypress after midnight jam. That shiz is the bomb. Gets me every time. So swanky.

  16. madmax76 Says:

    I’m all in on the summer additions! @PH ready to split open and melt too.

  17. sumodie Says:

    Gary Clark, Jr

    Dec 12, 2011 @ 8×10, Baltimore, MD
    house feed (Audix/sb matrix)

    d1t1: When My Train Rolls In
    d1t2: Don’t Owe You A Thing
    d1t3: Please Come Home
    d1t4: Things Are Changing
    d1t5: Gotta Set You Straight (w/ Third Stone From The Sun Jams)
    d1t6: Don’t Throw Your Love On Me So Strong (1)
    d1t7: “Going Out That Back Door”

    d2t1: Intro/Tuning
    d2t2: In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down) (2)
    d2t3: Freight Train (3)
    d2t4: Catfish Blues (4)
    d2t5: Three O’Clock Blues (5)
    d2t6: Whole Lotta Lovin’ (6)
    d2t7: Crowd (“we’re not worthy”)
    d2t8: Bright Lights
    d2t9: Crowd/Encore applause
    d2t10: Move On Up (7)

    (1) Albert King cover
    (2) Big Bill Broonzy cover – GCJ solo
    (3) Elizabeth Cotton cover – GCJ solo
    (4) Muddy Waters (later Hendrix) cover
    (5) Clapton cover
    (6) Otis Grand cover
    (7) Curtis Mayfield cover

    Part 1 (mp3):

    Part 2 (mp3):

    or just click my name to find all my mediafire files

    (where you’ll also find an awesome New Yorker article comparing the drumming of Keith Moon and John Bonham -highly recommended)

  18. MiA Says:

    Exactly RL.

    Ruhle began her career at Credit Suisse. There, she was the highest producing credit derivatives salesperson in the U.S.

    I would have bought credit derivatives from her.

  19. dorn76 Says:

    The ‘noid is open for new registrations…

  20. tela'smuff Says:

    every time i see that Fillmore show, i think about those first 6 songs of set 2. you’ve gone through a lot of work to get into the show (1,200 cap), it’s the Fillmore, so you’re thinking something epic, and they play that 2nd set. i can’t recall if CDT or Moma were extended, but i don’t think they were.


    although it was for the THSOTG record release. but still.

  21. [Not Tom] Says:

    it’s on the Exchange but throwing out in the discussion anyway …

    I have a 3 day pass for AC/Bader Field (PTBM) that I may not be able to use. If anyone is planning to go and hasn’t already purchased a pass through official channels, please get in touch with me. My email is on the ticket exchange on each Bader page

  22. MiA Says:

    Fuck this shit.

  23. [Not Tom] Says:

    Caspian is 11 minutes plus in that Fillmore show, Roggae is 9 minutes, and Birds is 8+

  24. garretc Says:

    @Multi: Well, there is last years PNC After Midnight which doesn’t quite get the BC treatment, but gets a just swell treatment nonetheless…

    And yeah, that’s a pretty whack second set at the Fillmore right there. I think the playing was fine, from what I remember of listening to that show, but nothing particularly exciting…

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Why do all these windmills make me feel like war of the worlds is going down all around me?


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